Burton, who played the mother of Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), will portray Vice President Sally Hewitt on the ABC drama, which follows a professional fixer (Kerry Washington) who formerly worked at the White House. The leading role is based on crisis management consultant Judy Smith, who was involved in the Monica Lewinsky case.
Others from Rhimes' productions have landed roles, too. Jeff Perry, who played Meredith's father, fills the role of the president's chief of staff. JoBeth Williams, who portrayed Addison's mother on Private Practice, will appear in Episode 3 as a client, while Liza Weil, also from Practice, plays a former White House aide who becomes a client.
Burton will first appear in Episode 5 for a multi-episode arc of the new series, which does not yet have an air date. Scandal is expected to premiere sometime in late February or early March.